Wausau Newman Catholic edges Auburndale in battle of Marawood South volleyball leaders

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterAUBURNDALE – Wausau Newman Catholic stormed back from a 2-1 deficit to knock off Auburndale 3-2 in a battle of the last two Marawood Conference South Division undefeated volleyball teams on Tuesday night at Auburndale High School.The Cardinals won 23-25, 26-24, 19-25, 25-16, 15-8, to improve to 3-0 in the conference. Auburndale is now 2-1.Setter Sydney Schmutzer had 35 assists and three players reached double figures in kills for the Apaches – Shannon Yahnke with 15, Jenna Peplinski with 11 and Taylor Gotz with 10.Hannah Castellano had 20 digs, Cheyenne Karl had 16 and Peplinski added 15 for the Apaches.Auburndale will play a nonconference match at Rib Lake on Thursday and compete in the Berlin Invitational on Saturday.last_img

23 days agoLokomotiv Moscow coach Yuri Semin: I WANT Atletico Madrid to win Champions League

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Lokomotiv Moscow coach Yuri Semin: I WANT Atletico Madrid to win Champions Leagueby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLokomotiv Moscow coach Yuri Semin is backing Atletico Madrid to win the Champions League.Loko fell 2-0 at home to Atletico last night.And Semin admits he was impressed: “This Atlético is a younger, rejuvenated team, but they still have the same style. “They are one of the leaders of LaLiga and hopefully they can win the Champions League.”It is a strong candidate, it is what I want, congratulations and luck.”He also said of Atleti whiz João Félix: “He is the future of Atlético, has played with a control, pace and created great problems.” last_img

Women navigate toxicity other barriers in esports

first_imgNEW YORK — Susie Kim thinks the women gamers are out there. As general manager for a championship esports team, she would know.She’s not surprised none of them are on her roster.The Entertainment Software Association reported this year that 45 per cent of U.S. gamers are female, yet women make up a scant portion of the professional esports player pool. Executives for games like “League of Legends” and “Overwatch” say they are eager to add women to pro rosters, where players can make hundreds of thousands of dollars. Yet LoL’s Championship Series hasn’t had a female gamer since 2016, and the Overwatch League’s inaugural season featured just one.The industry has grappled with harassment and toxic behaviour since the Gamergate scandal of 2014, when a group of male gamers organized to target women throughout the industry. Women say they feel marginalized within the community and are routinely subject to nasty comments about their ability or appearance. For elite gamers, much of it comes from fans, but opponents and teammates are sometimes just as challenging. At the lower levels, women are often bombarded by hyper masculinity in a space where most everyone is anonymous.Kim’s London Spitfire won the first Overwatch League championship in June. Speaking to The Associated Press before the grand finals, she said there are “absolutely” women talented enough to be playing in the Overwatch League.“But they’re just like, ‘It’s a headache. I don’t want to be part of this at all,’” Kim said. “I don’t blame them.”AT THE TOPMaria “Remilia” Creveling is the only woman — and only transgender woman — to compete in the LoL Championship Series (LCS), the top pro league for the world’s most popular esport. Her stay in the LCS was short-lived and not the inspiring breakthrough some fans had hoped.Creveling was a standout support player and qualified for the LCS with team Renegades in 2015. She made her debut the next year under intense scrutiny. Many celebrated her, but the comment sections accompanying live streams of Renegades matches were flooded with sexist and transphobic harassment. Fans disputed her gender identity, wrote critically about her appearance and bashed her abilities.A few weeks into the season, Creveling removed herself from the Renegades’ roster, citing anxiety and self-esteem issues. She hasn’t returned to the LCS since.Creveling declined to be interviewed by the AP, but did say she has resumed competing and will be looking for a new team soon.Other major esports have similarly thin histories of women at the highest levels. The NBA 2K League said it had one woman in a pool of 250 finalists for roster spots in its inaugural season. She did not land one of the 102 available slots. The Overwatch League had one woman for its inaugural season, Kim “Geguri” Se-Yeon with the Shanghai Dragons. Sasha “Scarlett” Hostyn, a transgender woman, won a major “Starcraft II” tournament in February and is the only woman to win such an event in that game.Se-Yeon and Hostyn have been reluctant to embrace the spotlight as female role models. Both have said they simply want to be seen as talented gamers.“Being the icon or being looked up to because I’m female — I’m grateful,” Se-Yeon said via translator at a press conference in March. “But I don’t really have any thoughts about it. That’s not how I want to be known.”AT THE LOWER LEVELSTiffany Chang is a fan of Se-Yeon’s. The amateur player doesn’t blame the “Overwatch” pro for shying away from attention as a woman. Chang sometimes gets the urge to do the same.Chang hosts Twitch streams of herself playing “Overwatch” and other games to collect donations for charity, and routinely plays online against strangers. Women like Chang encounter a lot of toxic behaviour, much of it the same sort of trolling women see elsewhere on the internet. They’ll get remarks about their appearance, the tone of their voice, and more than anything, a dismissal of their ability and knowledge in the game.Even if Chang can tune out the harassment, it can still affect her performance. Esports like LoL and “Overwatch” are heavily teamwork and strategy dependent. Each player chooses a character, and those characters are designed for specific roles, like attacking, holding territory or healing. A good “Overwatch” team needs tanks and healers, just like a football team needs quarterbacks and left tackles.Women are often pressured to play as female characters, and female healers in particular. In “Overwatch,” that character is usually Mercy, a fairy-like flying doctor who can heal and resurrect teammates. Chang has been harassed for playing as other characters, but also gets snide comments when she plays as Mercy. In certain games, it becomes impossible for her to assume any role, even if she’s simply trying to help the team.“You want me to do this, and you’re going to harass me for it?” she said. “It’s definitely something that we face.”Briah Luther gets the same treatment in LoL. Sometimes when the 35-year-old school teacher shouts out a key bit of information, like the location of an attacking opponent, men simply ignore her, leading to a huge tactical advantage for opponents. It’s a common complaint from female gamers, and that lack of trust can sink a team and affect players’ rankings in the competitive sphere.“The second they realize I’m a woman, I no longer have power,” Luther said.Ella Lasky has pro gaming aspirations, and the 12-year-old is on a promising path. She is one of the top players in the “Minecraft” City Champs circuit operated by Super League Gaming. Most importantly to her parents, video games have played a key role in her social development.“It’s given her a sense of pride,” said Ella’s mother, Johanna.Ella was featured on a Nickelodeon TV show about the league, and that exposed her to a different side of esports. Internet commenters did not respond well to a woman taking centre stage on a video game broadcast.“‘Why is the girl so loud? Why is the girl shouting? The girl needs to shut up. She’s annoying me with her voice,’” Johanna recalled reading. “I explained to her, ‘I think part of it is that because you’re a girl, you’re being targeted.’”Ella wasn’t fazed and plans to keep gaming. But she’s already keenly aware of the assumptions made by many in the esports community based on her gender.“I don’t think girl gamers get as much respect as boy gamers,” she said.WHAT CAN BE DONEPublishers have made progress responding to harassment complaints since the Gamergate scandal, but video games are still not a space known for gender equality. Riot Games, which publishes LoL and operates the LCS, was criticized just this summer for its treatment of female employees in a story by Kotaku . Riot apologized publicly to fans and employees, and it has outlined a plan of action to address the issues.More in-person gaming might help. Women say men and boys tend to be better behaved without the anonymity of online play. The Laskys think that’s one benefit of the Super League competitions, where teams gather at movie theatres to compete face-to-face.Some fans also are disappointed by the number of women promoted by the streaming service Twitch, as well as game publishers.One issue at the pro level is the housing situations for elite teams. Esports athletes are often placed in swanky team housing, but sharing a living space with a group of college-aged men isn’t ideal for many women.Then there’s the anxiety of the spotlight. Fans have eagerly dismissed barrier-breaking female gamers as mere PR stunts, and the weight is even greater on women when they find themselves alone on that platform.“It ultimately comes down to the community and the fan base,” Kim said. “(Women) don’t want to deal with the toxicity. They don’t want to deal with the media going crazy over them. They don’t want to deal with living with the boys or getting preferential treatment. They don’t want to deal with all of that. They just kind of want to play.”___Follow Jake Seiner: https://twitter.com/Jake_Seiner___More AP esports: https://apnews.com/Esports and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsJake Seiner, The Associated Presslast_img read more

The Bankable Star

first_imgBefore the release of Luka Chuppi, producer Dinesh Vijan said that you were the one person who was most positive about the film. Did you expect such massive numbers on the first day? Thank God the film did well on the first day itself or the tables would have turned on me (Laughs)! I was confident about the content of the film. Since the day I heard the narration and signed for it, I have been very excited about Luka Chuppi. As I said earlier too, I was looking for a film that had content as well as elements of commercial cinema. I felt this film was an amazing blend of the two and would definitely strike a chord with the audience. I didn’t consider the numbers at that point but I knew that people were going to like it. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka Last year, Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety (SKTKS) touched the 100 crore mark and you became an overnight sensation. Now, you are doing several big-banner films. Would you say that you are reaping the benefits of your last hit? Last year was definitely a year that changed my life, and Sonu is one character that will always be close to my heart. It has given me a lot. There are so many things that happened because of Sonu. I got into a zone where I became an option for directors and producers. I was never on that list before. I am thankful to SKTKS, the character and the whole team. After that, Luka Chuppi was a litmus test for me because this was the first film that was primarily selected by me. After SKTKS’s success, I had the option of selecting a film. Luka Chuppi was a test of my judgment and thankfully it worked. People are watching the film and that gives me a sense of validation. Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod KhannaWould you call Luka Chuppi a turning point, given that it marks your transition from bro-mance to romance? Of course! After SKTKS and the Punchnama series, a lot of people started calling me the ‘bro-mantic’ hero. There is a transition happening post-Luka Chuppi. Now, I am finally finding my way to the romantic zone. So, I am travelling from being a bro-mantic hero to a romantic hero. Luka Chuppi is also changing people’s perception about me and the way in which the industry sees me. I am looking for content, I am looking for different characters to play, and I will continue doing that. When you started out, what was your definition of success, and do you think you’ve achieved it? I don’t think I will ever be content. Right now, sitting here, if I think about the struggles I faced when I started out in the industry, I feel really happy thinking that I am now doing a successful interview talking about my last two hits. I have actually had a 100 crore film; my latest film is doing very well at the box office. I am working with the kind of directors I really wanted to work with. So, I should be really happy and content. But sitting here, I am also thinking about the future and about achieving more. Right now, I am an option for directors; but I want to be in that place where directors are writing roles for me. The aim changes after every achievement. So, when I look back, of course I feel happy, but then I also have a sense of reality that this is temporary. It changes every Friday and you just have to keep working very hard and also adapt with time. You have a very strong fan base. There are videos of them crying and going gaga over you. How do you stay grounded seeing this kind of thing every day, especially now in the age of social media? I have been on the other side too. I have been that crazy fan, so I know how it feels to actually see the actor you have loved so much on screen. When I came to Mumbai, on my first Sunday here, I went to Bandstand and stood outside Mannat because I had heard that Shah Rukh (Khan) sir comes out to greet fans on Sundays. So, I know what it feels when you want to see that actor you love. Now, when I see girls crying for me, I don’t know how to react. I feel sad that I can’t express how I feel. I just say sorry and thank you, because they are crying tears of happiness. It’s weird in a way. I completely understand it. I always try to be there when they want to click selfies with me. I want them to click more and more selfies and stick them up on their walls. I never feel like not meeting my fans (Chuckles). Coming back to films, how do you think you have evolved as an actor? A lot has changed in real as well as reel life. As an actor, I keep working on my craft. I do many workshops before and after each film. From my first film to now, one change is that I now concentrate more on the nuances of a character. At first, I didn’t have the option of picking characters that I could explore, but now I am finally getting those chances. Now, you can see me in different avatars. There have been other changes also, including grooming. But the one thing that has stayed intact is my roots. I am still a Gwalior boy who lives with his family and talks in a particular manner. Sitting here today, what message would you want to give to the Kartik Aaryan starting out seven years ago? (Laughs) Well, what worked for me was that I was always patient. I never lost hope and that is something I really believe in. Another thing that was really important was rejection. The number of rejections you get can make you lose hope, make you think that there is something wrong with you. That is one thing that I never allowed myself to believe. I always told myself that if they are rejecting me, then it is their loss and they are making a mistake. After getting rejected, I used to work harder on myself but at the same time, I used to believe that I could have done this better. I would never let my confidence break with rejections. That is one thing that everyone should believe in; believe in themselves. Maybe that character was never yours. There will be one audition where your capabilities will be proven and then everything will change for you.last_img read more

Average spot power price falls 22 to Rs 312unit in March

first_imgNew Delhi: Average spot power price fell 22 per cent at Rs 3.12 per unit in March at Indian Energy Exchange (IEX) compared to Rs 4.02 per unit in the same month last year due to lower demand. The total traded volume in Day Ahead Market (DAM) last month declined 15 per cent to 3,356 million units (MU) as against 3,955 MU in March 2018, according to an IEX statement. The Term-Ahead Market (TAM) traded 246.34 MU in the reported month, registering a surge of 78 per cent over 138 MU traded in March 2018. However, the traded volume in DAM in March was up 20 per cent from 2,794 MU in February 2019. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”The average Market Clearing Price (MCP) at Rs 3.12 per unit registered 22 per cent decline over Rs 4.02 per unit in March 2018 and at par with Rs 3.08 per unit in February 2019,” the statement said. According to the statement, DAM experienced transmission congestion mainly towards import of power by southern states which led to volume loss of 120 MU representing 3 per cent of the total traded volume on the exchange. All India peak demand touched 169 GW on March 29, 2019, registering 5 per cent increase over highest peak demand of 160 GW registered in March 2018 (as per National Load Dispatch Centre report). Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe percentage time congestion was 35.6 per cent. ‘One Nation, One Price’ was realised only for 3 days during the month. On daily average basis, 735 participants traded in the market during the month. In fiscal 2018-19, the DAM cumulatively traded 50,063 MU as compared to 44,842 MU in 2017-18. On all India basis, the energy supplied in March 2019 registered increase of 4 per cent at 110 BU (billion units) from 106 BU in the year-ago month. The total traded volume at IEX (DAM and TAM) stood at 3,602 MU in March 2019, registering 25 per cent increase from the previous month and 12 per cent decline from the year-ago period. In the entire 2018-19, the total traded volume was 52,168 MU, which was 13 per cent more compared to 46,215 MU traded in the previous fiscal.last_img read more

Camila to star in Cinderella

first_imgLos Angeles: Singer Camila Cabello is set to star in writer-director Kay Cannons new version of Cinderella. Cabello will be involved in the music for the project, which grew out of an original idea from actor James Corden. The film will be produced by Corden and Leo Pearlman through their Fulwell73 banner, reports variety.com. The new Cinderella will be a music-oriented version of the traditional tale of the orphaned girl with an evil stepmother. Sony Pictures is putting the project on the fast track for production. The best-known Cinderella movies have been Disney’s animated drama, released in 1950, and two live-action remakes: 1997’s version starring Brandy and Whitney Houston, and the 2015 film with Lily James. Cuban native Cabello, who was part of Fifth Harmony before going solo, hit superstar status last year with her debut album “Camilla”.last_img read more

Aeronautical Industry helped Morocco avoid Arab Spring expert

first_imgBordeaux – The Kingdom’s appeal as one of Africa’s top business destinations helps explain its stability when its neighbors were shaken by violent uprisings. The Moroccan aeronautical industry is believed to have played a major role in the country’s steadiness, especially thanks to the hundreds of millions of dollars that were invested in the sector., according to British expert Christopher Harress. Since 2010, American and European aeronautical companies largely contribute to this development, but measures at the national level also explain this success, he said. Morocco hosts more than 100 international companies, including The Boeing Company, Bombardier Inc. and United Technologies Corporation. In addition, the country’s education system supports the burgeoning sector, with more than 10,000 engineers graduating every year according to Minister for Industry, Trade, Investment and Digital Economy Moulay Hafid Elalamy. This number is expected to grow dramatically after the government established the Moroccan Aerospace Institute, which opened in May. 10,000 Moroccans benefit directly from this success since they are employed by the country’s aerospace industry, which has doubled in size in less than five years. These employees also earn about 15 percent above the average national monthly wage of $320, according to the Moroccan Ministry of Industry.Morocco’s success is also a result of the US aeronautical business shrinkage. Boeing, for example, could take future manufacturing out of America to either the Mideast or Africa after the International Association of Machinists rejected a proposal to start a pensions freeze and a reduction in starting salary for new workers, according to the same expert. “In my view, we are very much able to support such development if Boeing wanted to bring their plants here, Elalamy was quoted as saying by the International Business Times, and the government along with my department will spare no effort to promote and develop industries including aerospace and we will do everything possible to make sure that Boeing is satisfied should they decide to open up more plants in Morocco.”The social reforms undertaken by Morocco since the early 2000s have reduced poverty and increased human development, according to the Minister of Economy and Finance, Mohamed Boussaid. This brought security into the region and a boom in foreign investment, which has risen by 25 percent in the first 10 months of this year, the highest rate of increase in investment on the entire continent.Morocco, unlike countries that were affected by the Arab Spring, continues to implement sweeping political and educational reforms. These reforms secures the country’s position as a desirable place to do business. On Friday, King Mohammed VI met with US President Barack Obama and discussed the business links between the countries. The United States has long counted Morocco as an ally and both countries strengthen their partnership in the war against terror that has seeped into sub-Saharan Africa. ©Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Yes Its Strange That Colin Kaepernick Doesnt Have A Deal Yet

Quarterbacks who remain unsigned as of March 29, 2017 Last season, Kaepernick posted a QBR of 55.2 — which is not great (he ranked 23rd out of 30 qualified passers) but also not terrible. (The NFL-wide average QBR was 61.3.) You can see on the chart that Lee’s theory is credible: It’s hard to find a recent free-agent QB who played at Kaepernick’s level and lasted so long on the market the next offseason. Matt Leinart (2012) and Kyle Orton (2014) signed nearly 50 days into their free agency, but neither had played much the year before. Michael Vick wasn’t signed for 169 days in 2015, but he was also older and coming off a season (39.4 QBR) far worse than Kaepernick’s 2016.There are an unusual number of unsigned QBs at this stage of the offseason, though, and some with comparable résumés to Kaepernick’s. That’s in part because Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo may move teams this offseason and begin a QB carousel in the league. Steve Walsh199428220Benched Shaun Hill373863.6 T.J. Rubley199325225Benched Charlie Batch200127197Benched PLAYERAGEPLAYSQBR Colin Kaepernick2945455.2 Ed Hargett197124199Benched Greg Cook196923614Injury Jay Cutler3417033.2 Ed Rubbert198723361Unsigned Blaine Gabbert2721860.3 Three weeks into the NFL’s free-agency period, Colin Kaepernick still doesn’t have a job. Ordinarily, an NFL veteran who is having difficulty finding a team isn’t exactly newsworthy. But NFL talent is scarce at quarterback, and Kaepernick’s situation is far from ordinary.After Kaepernick’s protest of the national anthem last season as quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers, the question has become whether it’s the reason that teams are avoiding him. Some arguments regarding Kaepernick’s worth to a team are easily put aside (the obsession over “distractions” in sports is always tired but loses all meaning when we have proof that the supposed distraction had the opposite effect), though that wouldn’t necessarily stop a team from considering them. But others are more credible, or at least invite more investigation. Could it be that Kaepernick just isn’t good enough, or that he plays a style that makes him difficult to accommodate?The evidence suggests that those factors alone don’t explain Kaepernick’s unemployment. Kaepernick’s current employment status looks less like a natural result of the supposed NFL meritocracy and more like something unusual is going on (even by the standards of an unusually complex situation). His play is good enough to have attracted interest from teams by now. That it hasn’t suggests that he’s being punished on at least some level for his political outspokenness.Other QBs as good as Kaepernick usually get signedThere are a couple of ways we can judge whether it’s unusual that Kaepernick is still waiting for NFL teams to call. One is to see how long into free agency it usually takes for a quarterback of Kaepernick’s quality to find a new team. Director Spike Lee implied in an Instagram post a week ago that similar QBs are usually signed by now. He’s right.To investigate Lee’s claim, we started with a list of all free-agent QBs who changed teams since 2012 (the first free-agency period under the NFL’s current collective bargaining agreement), courtesy of our friends at ESPN’s Stats & Information Group. Then for each quarterback, we plotted his Total Quarterback Rating (QBR) from the season before his free agency — to get a sense of how well he played — against the number of days that elapsed between the start of his free agency and his signing: Gary Danielson197827341Injury Steve Walsh199125436Benched Vince Ferragamo198026987Rival league Sam Bradford201326254Injury Many of the absences were injury-related (remember Trent Green?), some QBs simply lost their starting roles and stayed on the bench, and others were lured away to join rival leagues.Kaepernick, though, isn’t injured, has not yet secured even a spot on the bench, and an excursion into a rival league is a far steeper fall off for a player today than it was in the past.Kaepernick can fit into different offensesThat doesn’t mean Kaepernick’s case is open and shut, though. There are other factors that may be at play, such as his reported desire to compete for a starting job (and earn a low-starter to high-backup salary). That would encourage him to wait and see what happens with Romo and the ripple effects that Romo’s move could have on the rest of the league.But there is also a belief that the delay in finding Kaepernick a team is because of his particular skillset: that any team that signs him would have to run an offense built for a quarterback who isn’t a pocket passer. But Kaepernick’s reputation for being a bad QB in the pocket is somewhat overblown. There are in-depth film reviews for Kaepernick that show his ability to make reads and handle pressure, such as Doug Farrar’s at Bleacher Report. The stats confirm as much.Last season, Kaepernick completed 61 percent of his passes from the pocket, for 14 touchdowns and two interceptions, according to data from ESPN’s Stats & Information Group. Elite quarterbacks tend to complete something in the mid-to-high 60s, so it’s not like Kaepernick is being shunned despite being elite. The league median completion percentage since 2010 is 63 percent. Still, considering that San Francisco receivers dropped 6.3 percent of all targets thrown their way in 2016 — the highest rate in the league — Kaepernick’s accuracy is likely a bit better than the percentages show.3Many of the drops were short-to-intermediate routes, so Kaepernick wasn’t losing massive chunks of potential yardage to drops the way, say, Cam Newton was. But for offenses that struggle to gain big chunks of yardage, drops on short passes have a compounding effect.It was Kaepernick’s out-of-pocket stats that weighed down his numbers: He completed just 49 percent of his passes from outside the pocket in 2016, with a raw QBR (total QBR before adjusting for strength of opponent) of just 16.5 on those plays. So it’s probably a good thing that the share of Kaepernick’s plays that came outside the pocket were at a career-low last season, dropping from a high of 23 percent of his plays in 2012 to 17 percent in 2016. That 17 percent is still fairly high relative to the league (the median since 2010 is 11 percent), but his game is trending toward staying in the pocket.Despite Kaepernick’s flaws, QBs at his level are still worth something in the NFL, in part because its quarterback marketplace is driven by scarcity. The Denver Broncos were prepared to give up a fourth-round pick for Kaepernick last year because there aren’t that many people in the world who can do what Kaepernick can do, even if what Kaepernick does is far from perfect.For instance, Kaepernick’s raw QBR for in-pocket plays has not been very good the past few seasons. Among 232 qualified passer-seasons since 2010, Kaepernick’s 2016 ranks 208th. But then look at Sam Bradford, whose 2015 season ranks four spots ahead of Kaepernick, at 204th. When Minnesota starter Teddy Bridgewater went down just before the 2016 season, the Vikings traded a 2017 first-round pick and a 2018 fourth-rounder for Bradford’s services as an emergency starter. Kaepernick is only a year older than Bradford was last season, but his value has dipped from a fourth-round pick in Denver to seemingly nothing at all.It is impossible to prove the precise mix of factors that have gone into Kaepernick’s free agency to this point. The market remains paralyzed by Romo, and teams are run by fallible owners and executives who may simply disagree on Kaepernick’s football value. But given what we know about how the quarterback market has worked historically, and about Kaepernick’s value as a player, the commentariat is right to be suspicious. If Kaepernick begins the season without a team, history says it’s unlikely to be for football reasons. We aren’t there yet, but every day further into free agency makes that scenario harder to ignore. Ryan Fitzpatrick3448145.4 Chase Daniel30199.6 Colin Kaepernick201629202? PREVIOUS SEASON Why Kaepernick-caliber QBs missed a season Bobby Hebert198929444Holdout Trent Green199828458Injury Doug Williams198227409Rival league Ed Luther198427396Rival league In other words, Kaepernick’s absence from the NFL may be a quirk of circumstance in a league where there are only so many landing spots during the offseason. You don’t hear talk radio obsessing over where Blaine Gabbert will end up, for example.Our free-agency data set has a blind spot, though — it only shows QBs who were ultimately signed. Another way to try to evaluate why Kaepernick hasn’t been is to spin a hypothetical: Imagine Kaepernick doesn’t throw a single pass next season — is he like other QBs who fall off the map?Not really. Since 1966, only one under-30 quarterback has had as good a year as Kaepernick’s 20161According to yards above replacement, which takes into account passing and rushing value over a backup-level QB. yet gone unsigned the next year.2Congrats to Ed Rubbert, who went unsigned in 1988 after playing as a scab during an NFL player’s strike for Washington the previous year. Other young quarterbacks who follow relatively good seasons with no passes the next tend to be out of the game for different reasons: Neil Lomax198829829Injury Case Keenum2938843.4 Craig Nall200425224Benched Steve Beuerlein198924226Benched PLAYERYEARAGEYARDS ABOVE REPLACEMENTREASON FOR ABSENCE Robert Griffin III2721145.0 Minimum one action play in the previous season. Ages are as of Dec. 31, 2016.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group Randy Johnson197329345Rival league Charlie Whitehurst353037.9 Matt McGloin271714.5 Timm Rosenbach199024197Injury David Fales2671.8 Top 20 seasons, by yards above replacement, among quarterbacks younger than 30 who threw zero passes the following season, 1966 to 2016. Ages are as of Dec. 31 of the listed year.Sources: Pro-Football-Reference.com, media reports SEASON BEFORE ABSENCE read more

Sluggish Buckeyes falter in overtime

The Ohio State women’s basketball team hung on to force overtime play, but lost to Michigan State 71-68 on Sunday.Guard Samantha Prahalis had a quiet first half with only five points, but came alive to give the Buckeyes a burst of energy in the second half.Prahalis drove to the basket and made a layup as she was fouled with 2:50 left in regulation to give OSU its first lead since 11:45 in the first half. The Bucks had trailed by as many as 13 just seven minutes earlier.After a jumper by Spartan center Allyssa DeHaan, freshman guard Amber Stokes made a 3-pointer to give OSU a three-point lead.Another Spartan score and a Prahalis free throw left OSU with a two-point lead with 17 seconds remaining.The ball and the game were given to the Spartans’ leading-performer Brittney Thomas, who nailed a running jump shot from 15 feet away to tie the game with 8 seconds left.A close shot by Prahalis and even closer tip by forward Sarah Schulze did not go in, and the game headed to overtime.OSU started the overtime with a 5-1 run but was surpassed by a Spartan 8-0 run that left OSU down by four.Prahalis made a 3-point shot that brought that lead down to one, but with only 19 seconds left.Thomas converted a pair of free throws, extending the Spartan lead to three.Schulze then launched a 3-pointer that air-balled to the right of the basket and landed out-of-bounds.The difference in the game was OSU’s inability to make outside shots.The Buckeyes are ranked No. 1 nationally in 3-point shooting percentage, but shot only 3-of-14 against MSU.“[MSU] guarded the three well. It was difficult to get open for any shots today,” Schulze said.The Buckeyes also struggled from the free throw line, shooting 17-of-25. Prahalis was 4-of-11 on her own.Center Jantel Lavender scored 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds while single-handedly keeping OSU in the game for much of the afternoon.Prahalis finished the game with 17 points, six assists and four rebounds.Freshman Amber Stokes, who has seen the floor more often in recent games, played 16 minutes, scoring seven points and grabbing three rebounds.“Her ability to get the ball to the basket is something we need from the guard position,” coach Jim Foster said. “We can’t depend on one person to do that all the time.”This loss doesn’t mean much for the Buckeyes, who have already clinched the Big Ten regular season crown and a bye in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament. read more